What a great week I had! Was able to get back to the pool/gym in full stride. Felt great! “Success doesn’t start in the gym, it starts in your mind!” There’s a lot to be said about how a little break can make all the difference. The stress and anxiety of the past couple weeks really did wear me down, so getting back at it was great.
I had a couple of personal bests running the 5km and last night I took part in a fun event called the #802challenge here at the @calgarytower. Going up 50 floors (802 stairs) isn’t easy but when you really put your mind to it, you can do anything. I managed to do it in 11:05! *Photo is from the stairwell of the tower*
“Supporting another’s dreams and success won’t dampen your own.” This was a very long week! Exhausting even, but it’s #FinallyFriday so we all get to take a break, regroup, forget about those who have not supported us and look forward to seeing and spending time with those who do!
This may be a little long and most likely a tear jerker... "The most beautiful things in life are not materialistic things. They're people and places, memories and pictures. They're feelings and moments, tight hugs, smiles and laughter.” Remember to hold on to all of these things as life is fleeting and can change in a moment!
As you may have guessed morning coffee is my favourite part of the day. Today though you may wonder why there’s a picture of a full coffee in front of an empty seat. Well it’s an emotional day, it’s the 1 year anniversary of my wife’s (@nadrusso) sudden and unexpected death.
I’m fortunate to have a great support system of family, the unwavering support of my friends and most importantly the unconditional love of my girls as you will read below.
It’s been a long, emotional, rollercoaster of a year. Heartaches of celebrations without her, first moments in our kids lives that we talked of seeing together, keeping the happy memories living in the girls’ minds and the gut wrenching task of trying to explain to them what had happened and that mom wasn’t going to be here, in the flesh, with us anymore.
As I was explaining to them last year that their mother had gone to heaven. I commented that God only takes the awesome ones to be in his garden. My oldest, Sofia, stopped me and said “But dad why aren’t you in heaven too then?”. In a moment I went from devastated to overwhelmed with love because of how this little mind processes things. I thanked her for thinking I am so awesome but explained that mom was even more awesome.
Stop trying to make everybody happy you aren’t chocolate (well in my case, beer). These are words to live by. You always do your best but that is all you can do. You have family, friends, neighbours, heck even a village to fall back on for help!
Another week has gone by! I can’t believe how quickly these #weeklywednesday check-ins sneak up on me! I’ve been working a lot more than I typically do and I can say that as a result my stats are down and my energy levels are even lower. There’s a lot to be aside about work life balance and how it can affect your everyday life, especially an office job. Before I share my update here are a few ways the office job can negatively impact your health: -Sitting all day could shave years off your life.
-Regularly slouching in your chair can lead to long-term illnesses.
-Working for a bad boss can contribute to anxiety, unhealthy habits, and even heart disease.
-Endlessly staring at a computer screen harms your vision.
-Extreme boredom may make your more likely to die from heart disease or stroke.
-Tight deadlines negatively affect your learning and memory.
When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars. When it’s Monday, look for the fresh start.
Even with Daylight Savings clock adjusting this past weekend (getting up was not easy) Monday brings so much good: my coffee is hot, the deep freeze appears to be over and spring is just around the corner. We need to let the notion that Monday is a ‘bad day’ go. We perpetuate the negative by thinking about it and letting it in.
This applies to every part of life, not just the traditional form of success. You want a better job, find it. You want compete in a race, sign up for it. You want to smile more, think of the things that make you happy. You want a break, take it. That’s what I’m doing right now. The girls having a bath so I’m enjoying a moment of peace and a tasty Bridgelandia (modern hoppy blonde ale) by @innercitybrewing!
You may ask yourself why a doughnut for the background? Well if you look at the stats for my Weekly Wednesday check-in you’ll notice a bunch of zeros. Today it represents 2 things, the amount of sessions I did this week (0) and also how I’m feeling about that (round and soft). Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing week (a little mini vacation), which was overdue, but after the previous 2 weeks of being sick and then last week being away I’m definitely feeling soft!
I was specific in choosing the colour of the doughnut too, pink. Today, in Canada (and other parts of the world now) it is #pinkshirtday , a day dedicated to anti bullying. I’m proud to say it started back in 2007 in Berwick, Nova Scotia (20km from where I grew up). Two teens encouraged others to wear pink shirts as a sign of solidarity for another student who was being picked on for wearing a pink shirt.